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Published in the September 2008 Issue White Out & Wide Open—The Blog

Bully Dog E3 Downloader

The company known for its high performance products is now offering an economical downloader for individuals who prefer big fuel saving and mild performance gains at a low price. Through extensive development and testing, the E3 downloader provides fuel mileage gains as high as five miles per gallon over stock.

The new E3 is loaded with features, each designed to make your truck as efficient as possible. Some of these features include the ability to adjust and limit the truck or SUV's maximum speed, requiring the vehicle to be operated at a lower speed, which saves fuel. Additional features include free online updates and on-the-fly adjustability, giving the user the ability to adjust power and economy for his needs at any desired time.

The E3 downloader is available for gas and diesel trucks and SUVs, dating back to 1999 in some cases. The gas downloader works on more than 50 applications, including Ford, Dodge, GM and Nissan. The diesel version works on more than 20 vehicle applications from Ford, Dodge and GM.

Contact Bully Dog


Second Generation Of Airshock Technology

For the 2009 season, Tom's Snowmobile is offering any existing Float shock owner the opportunity to upgrade his shock to the second generation of airshock technology. This includes Ski-Doo, Polaris, Arctic Cat and Yamaha owners.

This upgrade is primarily intended for Float shocks that currently use a negative spring in the existing shock system. Early designed Float shocks that did not use the negative spring technology can still be upgraded, but more parts are required. Call for price information.

With the upgrade, sledders can experience a more usable and compliant ride from their existing shock. Riders can also experience a more subtle and smoother slow speed ride, as well as broader midrange use without the harshness of existing air shock technology.

The basic kit includes new high viscosity oil, negative spring, high flow piston, vehicle-specific valving and basic service.

Each deluxe kit includes all the above, plus a new high-volume bearing assembly and O-ring and seal kit.

Sledders can take advantage of the pre-season special of 10 percent off existing prices until Sept. 29, 2008.

All work comes with a money back guarantee.

Contact Tom's Snowmobile & Service (530) 862-1128 or


Fly Racing Aero Tapered Carbon Fiber Handlebars

Fly Racing's Aero Tapered Handlebars are constructed of carbon fiber-wrapped 7075 taper-walled aircraft grade aluminum.

Each set of bars is 1-1/8 inch diameter at the clamp, which then tapers to a standard 7/8 inch diameter to accept grips and controls.

The Aero Tapered design provides controlled flex that dissipates shock and reduces rider fatigue, while the carbon fiber wrap acts as a barrier from the cold aluminum to allow grip heaters to heat up quicker and hotter.

Fly Racing Aero Tapered Carbon Fiber Handlebars are used by factory teams and top riders throughout the world. Bars are available in Sno X, Sno X Mountain, Sno X Race (pictured), Freeride and Mini bends. A snowmobile-specific black bar pad is included. The bars retail for $119.95.

Contact your local Fly Racing dealer or


RSI Snow/Ice Scratchers

RSI's Snow/Ice Scratchers mount onto the rear suspension to help throw snow/ice chunks onto the hyfax/track for better engine cooling when riding on hardpack and/or icy trail conditions.

Made of high-strength powdercoated spring steel, these scratchers offer maximum durability and performance. They can reduce engine temperatures up to 30 degrees F. Their universal design fits all snowmobiles and hook onto the suspension rail when not in use. RSI's new collar design leaves no exposed bolt heads and looks factory.

The scratchers retail for $49.95 and all mounting hardware is included.

Contact RSI (952) 225-0452 or


Air Frame Hoods

Skinz Protective Gear now offers a lightweight performance hood for Arctic Cat M Series/Crossfire and Polaris IQ snowmobiles.

Hoods are constructed from aluminum tubing and tig welded to produce a durable frame and covered with a combination fabric and mesh materials. The tubular frame is constructed in three pieces to allow UPS shipping. The fabric wrap also include panels which can be removed to allow more venting in warm weather. Both hoods have mounts for gauges and an aftermarket light kit while using the OEM hinge mount for an easy installation.

Hoods will save between 8-14 lbs., depending on machine brand and setup configuration. The hoods retail for $499.95.

Contact Skinz Protective Gear (320) 243-8771 or


Klim Valdez Parka

The Valdez Parka has established itself as the benchmark in the industry for aggressive riders who need uncompromised technical performance. Now the newly re-designed Valdez Parka with its exclusive Comfort Mapping Technology, Gore-Tex Pro Shell fabrics and Three Layer Technology takes this parka to an all new level of comfort and performance.

With this new technology, the Valdez Parka more intelligently manages the rider's thermal requirements, breathes more efficiently and provides an impermeable weather barrier while allowing the rider to move more freely.

Features include: the Guaranteed To Keep You Dry promise, Pro Shell Technology, Comfort Mapping Technology, Three Layer Technology, highly breathable high-impact ventilation, back vent with flap pit zip with weather barrier, heavy-duty nylon in high wear areas, FF Technology for increased mobility, four high volume pockets, snow dust skirt, iPod compatibility, helmet-friendly adjustable collar, welded technology, double storm flap with rain gutter, more visibility through 3M, Scotchlite reflective piping, removable shoulder pads, double stitching hand gaiters YKK zippers, glove-friendly zipper pulls and waist adjustment bottom hem adjustment. The shell is made of Gore-Tex Pro Shell 500 and 200 denier high tenacity nylon and 180 denier ripstop nylon while the liner features the Three Layer Technology. The jacket is available in black, red, blue and retails for $419.99 S-2XL or $449.99 (3XL).

Contact Klim


Sno-Skinz Tunnel Cover

Zskinz is now offering an all-new Sno-Skinz Tunnel Cover. Available in three sizes to provide a custom-like fit for the wide variety of track and tunnel lengths available today.

A Sno-Skinz Tunnel Cover is designed to overlap with an existing cover and provide weather-tight protection in the harsh trailering environment. Manufactured from the highest quality materials available, and with the superb workmanship expected of any Sno-Skinz product, the Tunnel Cover will provide years of service for the discerning snowmobiler.

Retail pricing is $34.95-39.95.

Contact Zskinz (800) 355-3136 or


Adjustable Ramp Helixes for Ski-Doo QRS

Shockwave Performance announces its adjustable ramp helixes that fit Ski-Doo QRS roller clutches.

Adjustable ramp helixes designed for the Ski-Doo provide 22 degrees of change in ramp angles (from 34 to 56 degrees). Price is $249.

Contact Shockwave Performance (763) 493-2076 or


Stud Boy Super-Lite Backer Plate Lineup

Stud Boy's new Super-Lite backer plate lineup is ready for the 2008-09 season.

The Super-Lite backer is designed for the rider who is looking for lightweight stud support and vibrant colors. These backers are made from new engineered polymers that are up to 40 percent lighter than aluminum, while still maintaining excellent strength. Super-Lite backers are available in three styles and six colors: black, white, red, green, yellow and blue.

The Super-Lite double backer is 1.280-x2.250-inch with 1-inch hole spacing that is used for standard tracks using Stud Boy's regular Power Point type carbide studs. The Super-Lite +Plus single backer is a larger 1.450-inch square backer that can be used on all tracks (including single ply) with any of Stud Boy's 5/16-inch carbide studs. Super-Lite +Plus double backers are sized at 1.450-x2.610-inch with a 1.160-inch hole spacing and are to be used for the new single-ply tracks using studs with large heads like the Power Point +Plus stud.

Contact Stud Boy (231) 853-2323 or


Lightweight Steering Post

These lightweight steering posts only weigh an amazing 1.6 lbs. The posts are made from 4130 chromoly tubing and are tig welded to withstand the toughest conditions. They are available in stock height, as well as an additional 2- and 4-foot height to eliminate bulky and heavy risers. The 4-foot height has a 15-degree forward bend. These are available for either the straight style post or the new posts for the twin plug models (800 and 1000 twin). They fit Crossfire and M Series models and retail for $199.95.

Contact Fastlane (218) 689-7513 or

Jugmates-The Personalized Duct-Tape Alternative

Now you can give your race jugs that personal touch with the all new Jugmates from Between the Lines Designs.

Made of top-quality fabrics in the USA, Jugmates wrap your square or round race jug in your choice of color and add style and order to your racing experience by eliminating the need for duct-taping necessary items to your gas jugs on race day.

Items such as extra goggles and oil are held securely in place for your personalized convenience. Custom name embroidery is also available.

Prices range from $25-45 each, depending on options.

Contact Between The Lines Designs (208) 868-3308.


Improved Slidekicks Reverse-Compatible Ice-Scratchers

Between the Lines Designs, the company that introduced Slidekicks reverse-compatible ice-scratchers last season, has made some key changes to this unique and innovative product.

Due to some durability and performance issues with last year's design, polypropylene-impregnated and coated cable is now being utilized that is three times stiffer for vastly-improved ice-chipping action with less whip while being able to handle much lower temperatures.

A carbide wear-point option is available to both increase ice spray volume and nearly eliminate wear.

Also, optional ski-mounting brackets are available for early season release.

Contact Between The Lines Design (208) 868-3308 or

MMP's New Billet Wheels

New for the 2008-09 season, MMP's new line of billet wheels comes with the same great quality, craftsmanship and lifetime warranty sledders have come to expect.

Now available are new composite Starfire wheels. You can combine this new line of wheels to a long track kit featuring MMP's new universal extensions with built-in 8- or 9-inch wheels with a 2-inch center to center and a new anti-slap kit.

Contact MMP (406) 827-6671 or

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